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Finding Fiction books during the holidays can be tricky, because much of what is written during the holidays is for children or is largely part of the Nonfiction collection. Please check out the titles I have included for a way to get yourselves in the mood for the holidays this year by reading a good book!
My name is Darla Rance, and I'm the Assistant City Librarian of Public Services. I also am currently doing the purchasing of audiobooks for the Helen Hall Library, so please contact me at 281-554-1102 if you have an audiobook to recommend for purchase, or you can create a purchase request through our online catalog. I would also be glad to help you find books of any genre, or to give you a place to start in your book search, depending on your interests. I hope you find a holiday title to love from the following recommendations!
The Christmas Boutique by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2019-10-01
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini returns with a delightful Christmas-themed installment in her beloved Elm Creek Quilts series--a captivating, heartwarming tale sure to become a holiday favorite. Just weeks before Christmas, severe wintry weather damages the church hall hosting the Christmas Boutique--an annual sale of handcrafted gifts and baked goods that supports the county food pantry. Determined to save the fundraiser, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson offers to hold the event at Elm Creek Manor, her ancestral family estate and summertime home to Elm Creek Quilt Camp. In the spirit of the season, Sylvia and the Elm Creek Quilters begin setting up market booths in the ballroom and decking the halls with beautiful hand-made holiday quilts. Each of the quilters chooses a favorite quilt to display, a special creation evoking memories of holidays past and dreams of Christmases yet to come.
The Christmas Room by
Call Number: F-Anderson
Publication Date: 2017-09-26
Widow Maddie McLendon has uprooted her life to move to Rustlers Gulch with her son and grandson. But as a brutal Montana winter looms on the horizon, contractors have yet to break ground on their new house, leaving them to live in a makeshift camp of trailers, tents, and sheds.... Since his wife died six years earlier, millionaire rancher Sam Conacher has been content to wallow in his grief alone, while keeping a tight rein on his twenty-six-year-old daughter. But now the girl has gone and fallen in love with his foolish new neighbor's no-good son.... Maddie and Sam will never see eye to eye on anything, until a near-tragedy gives them a true glimpse into each other's souls. And as the first snowflakes begin to fall, they'll discover that an open heart is the biggest gift of all....
Happily This Christmas by
Call Number: F Mallery
Publication Date: 2020-09-29
There's no place like Happily Inc for the holidays...Wynn Beauchene has a thriving business, a great kid and a mildly embarrassing crush on the guy next door--local cop Garrick McCabe. She's a strong, independent woman who can't help dreaming what-if about a man she barely knows. Until he needs her help...Garrick's pregnant daughter will be home for Christmas, and his house needs a woman's touch. Garrick and his little girl were tight once and he's hoping a small-town Christmas will bring her back to him. But thawing his daughter's frosty attitude will take more than a few twinkle lights. Maybe sharing the holiday with Wynn and her son will remind her of the joy of family. As the season works its magic on these wounded souls, Wynn realizes it's time to stop punishing herself for a painful secret, while Garrick remains haunted by the ghosts of past mistakes. Will he allow Wynn to open the only gift she truly wants--his heart?
Midwinter Murder by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: October 2020
There's a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter . . . It's the perfect time to curl up in front of a crackling fire with these wintry whodunits from the legendary Agatha Christie. But beware of deadly snowdrifts and dangerous gifts, poisoned meals and mysterious guests. This chilling compendium of short stories—some featuring beloved detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple—is an essential omnibus for Christie fans and the perfect holiday gift for mystery lovers.
The Mistletoe Matchmaker by
Call Number: F Hayes-McCoy
Publication Date: 2019-10-08
Beloved author Felicity Hayes-McCoy returns with an enchanting, cozy new novel, perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Nina George, and Nancy Thayer--It's Christmas in Ireland, and when Cassie Fitzgerald arrives from Toronto to visit her grandparents, she learns that it's never too late to come home. The days are turning colder, preparations are under way for the Winter Fest, and everyone is hoping for a little holiday magic on the Finfarran peninsula. And as Cassie Fitzgerald, fresh from Toronto, is about to discover, there's more to the holidays on the west coast of Ireland than mistletoe and mince pies.
Call Number: F Bastianelli
Publication Date: 2020-01-30
A group of motorists become stranded on a lonely stretch of highway during a Christmas Eve blizzard and fight for survival against an unnatural force in the storm. The gathered survivors realize a tenuous connection among them means it may not be a coincidence that they all ended up on this highway. An attempt to seek help leads a few of the travelers to a house in the woods where a twisted toymaker with a mystical snow globe is hell bent on playing deadly games with a group of people just trying to get home for the holidays.
The 12 Dares of Christa by
Call Number: J-F Burt
Publication Date: 2017-09-26
A thirteen-year-old girl spends her first holiday away from home completing a scavenger hunt that takes her across Europe in 12 Dares of Christa, the first contemporary novel from Marissa Burt, author of Storybound. Christa is a holiday junkie. What's not to love? There's decorations! Gifts! Caroling with friends! But thanks to her parents' recent separation, Christa's favorite time of year is now filled with heartache. And when her mom announces that she's taking her on a mother-daughter trip to Europe over winter vacation, Christa knows she should be excited. She just can't imagine spending the yuletide season without her dad. However, waiting at her hotel in Italy is a special package from her father: the first of twelve dares that take Christa to landmarks in three beautiful countries and introduce her to people who will show her that hope is alive in the strangest of places.
A Christmas Tale by
Call Number: J-F Stilton
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
Celebrate the holidays in style -- mouse-style, that is! Join Geronimo for his first-ever special edition. It was Christmastime on Mouse Island, and I couldn't wait to celebrate with my friends and family. But then I discovered that they were all traveling out of town for the holidays, and I'd be spending Christmas alone! I was starting to feel like a real grinch. Would this be my loneliest Christmas ever?
Dog Diaries: Happy Howlidays by
Call Number: J-F Patterson
Publication Date: 2019-10-14
When mischievous mutt, Junior, causes a Turkey Day disaster, getting out of the doghouse will take a Christmas miracle! Are you ready for a festive adventure? Join me, Junior on the most PAWSOME, most BARKTASTIC journey through the HOWLIDAY SEASON. You'll read all about: FANGSGIVING, CRITTER-MESS and the mysterious SAINT LICK. Why strange humans called CAROL come and howl at the front door. And why SHINY TREES suddenly sprout inside your kennel! This will be the best holiday EVER! As long as the Mom-Lady doesn't find out what I did to the Fangsgiving turkey. You can keep a SECRET, right? This hilarious, illustrated MIDDLE SCHOOL spin-off about a dog and his boy is perfect for younger readers!
A Dreidel in Time by
Call Number: J-F Berneger
Publication Date: 2019-09-01
Devorah and Benjamin are excited to open their Hanukkah present from Bubbe and Zayde, which turns out to be an ugly old dreidel. It's a big disappointment--until the dreidel transports them out of modern Los Angeles to join the ancient Maccabees! Once they convince a suspicious Judah Maccabee and their new friends that they've arrived to help, they use what they know about the Hanukkah story from Hebrew school to aid the Maccabees in their battle against Antiochus. The kids know that the miracle of Hanukkah relies on finding the special oil for the Temple menorah, but where can it be?
Dreidels on the Brain by
Call Number: J-F Ben Izzy
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
One lousy miracle. Is that too much to ask? Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hannukah, 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, "The Land of Shriveled Dreams"). That's no small task when you're a "seriously funny-looking" twelve-year-old magician who dreams of being his own superhero- Normalman. And Joel's a long way from that as the only Jew at Bixby School, where his attempts to make himself disappear fail spectacularly. Home is no better, with a family that's not just mortifyingly embarrassing but flat-out broke. That's why Joel's betting everything on these eight nights, to see whether it's worth believing in God or miracles or anything at all. Armed with his favorite jokes, some choice Yiddish words, and a suitcase full of magic tricks, he's scrambling to come to terms with the world he lives in-from hospitals to Houdini to the Holocaust-before the last of the candles burns out.
The Holly Joliday by
Call Number: J-F McDonald
Publication Date: 2007-09-11
It hasn't snowed on Christmas in Virginia in more than a hundred years so what are the chances that that will change? Enter the new mailman, Mr. Jack Frost, who not only looks like a jolly old elf but also seems to know a lot about weather patterns, has a fondness for the cold, and works looooooong hours during the holiday season. Plus it's the best time of the year, when strange packages and lots of surprises are swirling around, so isn't it possible that Stink might get his wish? Fans who curl up with this new Moody comedy can be sure that their bellies will shake like a bowlful of jelly.
My Weird School #14: Miss Holly Is Too Jolly! by
Call Number: J-F Gutman (ebook)
Publication Date: 2006-09-26
In this fourteenth book in the My Weird School series, A.J. and his friends are getting into the holiday spirit! Their Spanish teacher, Miss Holly, loves to celebrate holidays like Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. But then she starts hanging mistletoe everywhere! Do you know what happens under there? Boys will have to kiss girls. And girls will have to kiss boys. Ugh! That's so weird. Miss Holly is taking the holidays to the extreme! Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman's hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don't miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!
Rocks the Holidays! by
Call Number: J-F Warner
Publication Date: 2014-10-16
It's December at Oak Glen Primary School and all EllRay can think about is Christmas. As far as he's concerned, Christmas is the best--no school, presents, fun parties, and lots of cookies! But before EllRay can celebrate with his family, he must lead half the school in the Winter Wonderland assembly. How tough can it be to memorize a few lines? Very tough, especially when EllRay's soon-to-be ex-friend gives him a challenge to perform onstage. If he completes the challenge, he'll save his friendship...but he'll also ruin the assembly. EllRay is in for a not-so holly jolly time.
Sam I Am by
Call Number: J-F Cooper
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
When Sam realizes his interfaith parents can't figure out how to celebrate the holidays, he turns to God for answers. Twelve-year-old Sam Goodman knows the holidays are going to be difficult when his dog knocks over the Hanukkah bush/Christmas tree. His Jewish father and Christian mother have never quite figured out how to celebrate both holidays, and when the tree goes down, their resentments, simmering for so long, boil over. His older sister and younger brother don't seem to have any solutions for the family's predicament; his best friend Avi seems to know who he is as he prepares for his Bar Mitzvah; his secret crush, Heather, knows who she is and who she wants to associate with.
A Christmas Carol by
Call Number: YAGN Dickens (graphic novel)
Publication Date: 2012-01-31
One Christmas Eve, after being particularly cruel to his employee, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley, who tells him that he will be visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, Future. Each ghost shows him things that rekindle the joy and spirit of Christmas within his heart and awaken his goodwill toward his fellow man. In typical fashion, Dickens deals with social injustice in a way that transcends the 19th century. This illustrated version of the classic holiday tale is brough to life with an illustrated Character List (like a Dramatis Personae), 134 pages of color story artwork, and fascinating support material that details the life and work of Charles Dickens as well as information on Victorian England.
Christmas Classics by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2010-11-09
Christmas Classics presents comics adaptations of both holidayfavorites and rarities, featuring Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Alsoincluded are an early F. Scott Fitzgerald tale, an O. Henry western, a fairytale by Willa Cather, and a Christmas horror story by Fitz-James O'Brien. Plus,a seasonal Sherlock Holmes adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle, Clement C. Moore'sclassic poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", and a letter from Santa Claus to MarkTwain's daughter.
Let It Snow by
Call Number: YA-F Let
Publication Date: 2008-10-02
An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train, setting off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.
My True Love Gave to Me by
Call Number: YA-F My True Love Gave to Me
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love withMy True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.
Assistant City Librarian for Public Services